Professor Martin Price, Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, has become the Scientific Advisor to EOCA on mountain projects and issues. Jonny Hughes, Director of Conservation for the Scottish Wildlife Trust will advise on projects with a wetland theme and species specific projects. Professor Charles Sheppard, Professor at the School of Life Sciences, Warwick University will advise on marine projects and issues. Dr Nick Brown, Forestry Lecturer at Oxford University will provide support on forestry projects and issues.
Although the final decision on which project applications make it onto the EOCA shortlist each year will remain with EOCA Managers, the scientific advisors will be available to comment on specific projects, and advise on their suitability for funding. In addition, the scientific advisors will give guidance on how the public can minimise their impact on the specific habitats for which they are experts when out in the great outdoors, and provide features for the EOCA website on specific conservation issues.